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Districts of Karnataka
Districts of Karnataka have a strong industrial and agricultural base.
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 Districts of KarnatakaKarnataka is the sixth largest state of India and is famous all over the world for its distinctive form of Carnatic Music. It is an idyllic tourist destination because of its scenic hill ranges, cascading waterfalls, exotic wildlife and unexplored forests. Bengaluru, the capital of Karnataka is the nucleus of all IT activities in India. The districts of Karnataka have an industrial and an agricultural base.

Karnataka consists of twenty-nine districts.

Bagalkot district: Bagalkot district is located in the northern part of Karnataka sprawling over an area of 6,593 sq. km. It is renowned for its caves carved out of a single stone in the period of Immadi Pulakeshi-I. The town is dotted with some of the famous temples like the Temples of Pattadakal (Monuments of Pattadakal), Mahakuteshwara Temple in Mahakuta, and Upper Shivalaya Temple and the Banashankari Temple in Badami.

Bangalore district: Bangalore district is located in the south of the Deccan Plateau. Some of the major attractions of the district are Chamrajsagar Reservoir, Magadi, Cubbon Park, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum, Vasanthapura and Bannerghatta National Park.

Bangalore Rural district: Bangalore Rural district includes the rural areas around the city of Bengaluru. The soil and climate of the district favours the cultivation of ragi, rice, groundnut, sugarcane, castor seeds, grapes, and mulberry. Some of the industries of the district are coir factories, beedi-rolling, and tile factories. Sericulture and agro based industry plays a crucial role in building the economy of the district. Channapatna located here is famous for lacquerware.

Belgaum district: Belgaum district is an important district of the state. INDAL (Indian Aluminium Company) aluminium factory is located here. Some of the divisions of the Indian Armed Forces, the regimental headquarters of the Maratha Light Infantry and the Commando School of the Indian Army are situated in Belgaum District. The district is dotted with numerous temples and masjids. Some of them are Safa masjid, Jamia masjid, the oldest Kapileshwar Temple, Yellamma Temple, Ananthashayana Temple, and Maruthi Temple.

Bellary district: Bellary district is located on the eastern side of Karnataka and has an agricultural base. The main crops grown here are cotton, jowar, groundnut, paddy, sunflower, and cereals. The district also has a substantial deposit of metallic and nonmetallic minerals. The important rivers flowing through the district are Tungabhadra River and Hagari River.

Bidar district: Bidar district is situated in the north-eastern corner of Karnataka spread over an area of 5,448 sq. km. The district has several religious centres like the famous Gurudwara Nanak Jhira Sahib-Bidar, Narasimha Jhira Water Cave Temple, Papanaash Shiva Temple, and Veerbhadreshewar Jatra's at Humnabad and Changlare.

Districts of KarnatakaBijapur district: Bijapur district is located in the northern part of Karnataka. The main crop grown here is jowar. It is famous for its Ilkal sarees and non-vegetarian cuisine. The major attractions of the district are Gol Gumbaz, Juma Masjid, Upali Buraz, Mehtar Mahal, Ara-killa, Anand Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Jahaz Mahal, and Bara Kaman.

Chamrajnagar district: Chamrajnagar district is situated in the southern part of Karnataka. The southern part of the district has a reserved national forest, which offers scintillating sight of wild animals. The other attractions of the district are Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Hills and the Shivasamudram falls on the Kaveri River.

Chikkamagaluru district: Chikkamagaluru district is located in the southwestern part of Karnataka. It is dominantly rural filled with scenic hill ranges, gushing rivers, sparkling streams and cascading waterfalls. The hills of Chikkamagaluru are the source of number of rivers. They are Bhadra River, Tunga River, Hemavati River, Netravathi River, and Vedavati River. Kudremukh (Kudremukh in Karnataka) is an ideal trekking spot in the district. The major crop grown here is coffee.

Chitradurga district: Chitradurga district is surrounded with rocky hills, which houses many ancient temples some of which are Ekanathamma, Phalguneswara, Gopalakrishna, Anjaneya, Subbaraya and Siddeswara.

Dakshina Kannada district: Dakshina Kannada district has its district headquarters in the city of Mangalore. It is a paradise for all nature lovers with its lush greenery, long beaches and racing rivers. The district is famous for it's Yakshagana, a beautiful dance form; Kambala, the sport of buffalo racing by farmers; Korikatta, cockfight and Bootha Kola.

Davangere district: Davangere district is famous for its textile industry. Anagodu, Anaji, Hadali, Harihar and Mayakonda are places of tourist interest in the district.

Dharwad district: Dharwad district is located in the northern part of the district and is well known for its pedas. Hubli is an important industrial city of the district. Some of the important industries located here are cotton and silk factories, railway workshops, and an important newspaper industry.

Gadag district: Gadag district is an agricultural district. It has a semi arid climate, which favours the growth of seasonal crops like maize, sorghum, greengram, groundnut, sunflower, onion, and chilli during kharif season, and cotton, rabi, jowar, Bengal gram, and wheat during the rabi season.

Gulbarga district: Gulbarga district is situated in the northeastern part of Karnataka. The Krishna and the Bhima are the main rivers traversing the district. An important religious destination on the banks of the Bhima River is Jevargi. The major attractions of the district are Gulbarga Fort, Sharana Basveshwara Temple, and Sri Ram Mandir among the many.

Hassan district: Hassan district is an ideal religious destination as the temple towns of Belur, Halebid and Sravanabelagola is situated here. Some of the chief crops grown here are black pepper, potato, paddy, and sugarcane. Hassan is famous for its ragi balls.

Haveri district: It is situated in the southern part of Karnataka spread over an area of 4,851 sq. km. Haveri town is an important commercial and educational centre of the district. The main festival of the district is Makar Sakranti or Pongal, which is celebrated with pomp and show in the village of Gangibavi.

Kodagu district: One of the smallest districts of Karnataka is the Kodagu district, which is also known as the Coorg district with its headquarters in Madikeri, a hill station. It is surrounded with rocky hills such as the Tadiyandamol, Brahmagiri and Pushpagiri hills. The main crops cultivated here are coffee, pepper, honey, cardamom and oranges.

Kolar district: Kolar district is situated in the southern plains of Karnataka spread over an area of 3,180 sq. km. The mainstay of the economy is agriculture along with dairy and sericulture and hence it is called the land of 'silk, milk and gold. The district headquarters is at Kolar, which is famous for its Gold mines.

Koppal district: Koppal district was formed after the split of Raichur district and is the best seed production centre in the state. Places of interest in the district are Anegundi, Kanakagiri, Navabrindavana, and Kuknur.

Mandya district: Mandya district is situated in the south-eastern part of Karnataka spread over an area of 4,850 sq. km. Pandavapura is an ancient village of this district, which is also an important religious centre. Major attractions of this district are Ranganathittu Wildlife Sanctuary, Karighatta Temple (a small hillock), Kuntibetta hill, Bluff Waterfalls, Tirumalasagara Lake, and Cauvery Waterfalls.

Mysore district: In the southern part of the Deccan Plateau is the Mysore district with its headquarters at Mysore. Mysore is famous for its silk, sandalwood and handicrafts. Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, Mysore Zoo, Brindavan Gardens, Rail Museum, Bandipur National Park, Jaganmohan Palace and Keshava Temple at Somnathpur are suitable tourist attractions.

Raichur district:
Raichur district is located in the northwestern part of Karnataka. The Krishna River and the Tungabhadra River are two important rivers flowing through the district, which contribute to abundant agricultural produce and generate colossal growth in hydroelectric production.

Shimoga district: Shimoga district is spread over an area 10,550 sq. km. filled with vast unending stretches of forests, green paddy fields, and captivating waterfalls. The forests are the rich sources of sandalwood, rosewood, teak and other timber products. Agriculture and animal husbandry are the main occupations of the people. It is the home of the Gudigars, a clan of craftsmen who specialize in sandalwood carvings. Jog Falls, Vanake-Abbey Falls, Achakanya Falls, Hidlamane Falls are the major attractions of the district.

Tumkur district: Tumkur district is located in the eastern part of Karnataka. The soil and the climate of the place favour the cultivation of crops such as millets, rice, pulses and oil seeds.

Districts of KarnatakaUdupi district: Udupi district was formed by joining three northern taluks of Dakshina Kannda district, Udupi, Kundapur and Karkal. Barakuru, Hasta Shilpa Heritage Museum, Karavali, Krishna Mutt, Malpe, and St Mary's Island are the main tourist spots in the district.

Uttara Kannada district: Uttara Kannada district is spread over an area of 10,291 sq. km. and is dominantly rural. The district headquarters is located at Karwar. It is an ideal tourist destination and some of the major tourist destinations are the Devbagh Beach, Dandeli Wild life Sanctuary, Kurumgad Beach, Unchalli Falls and Magod Falls.

Chikballapur district: Chikballapur district is a newly created district of Karnataka carved out of the Kollar district.

Ramanagaram district: Ramanagaram district is also a newly created district carved out of the Bangalore rural district.

(Last Updated on : 29/03/2013)
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